‘Child criminals’ on
the rise in Bacolod, Iloilo
F. HIBIONADA / PNS
November 27, 2011
ILOILO CITY –
Children as victims and children as suspects are both on the rise
with highest in statistics in
and the Province of Iloilo.
With official figures
released by Police Regional Office (PRO) 6, 2010’s record of 983 total
crimes committed by children is expected to be “outnumbered” this
This as between
January to June of 2011 alone, the total has reached 811 already
topped by Bacolod City with 244. Iloilo Province is 220 to date from
its total of 320 last year.
The 2011 crimes with
children as suspects has theft as number one crime followed by
physical injury. Incidentally, physical injury too is the crime
committed to children.
In Iloilo, theft is
number one as well committed by “child criminals” while rape is a
significant number at 12 child-suspects to date. Illegal possession
of firearms has two on record in Iloilo in contrast to the six of
Even Frustrated and
Attempted Murder and Homicide charges have children as suspects with
six in Iloilo and three in Bacolod.
Good news for Capiz
with the least in child-criminals at “only” 20 to date.
To note, PRO 6 in a
report also released statistics on criminal incidents against children
in Western Visayas Region.
With total recorded
incidents at 1,389 for the period of January to June of 2011 alone,
physical injury and maltreatment top the nature of crimes committed.
In Iloilo province,
physical injury and maltreatment too is the top crime committed
against the children at 181, a near second to Bacolod City’s 186.
Sadly, rape is next
highest in Iloilo crimes with minors as victims at 80 incidents, way
The rest of the
statistics recorded 29 child abuse cases, 25 acts of lascivious
conduct and 12 threats. Further still is 7 on attempted, frustrated
murder and homicide and 4 on seduction and abduction cases.
To note, in 2010
crimes against children reached 2,695 topped then by Negros Occidental
with Iloilo province still the close second.